Grumpy Cat may be grumpy, but the cat’s owner, Tabatha Bundesen, may need a truck to cart the money earned by her famous feline, rumored at close to $100 million in the last two years. Bundesen denied the amount, according to the Huffington Post, calling the claim by the Daily Express “completely inaccurate,” but there is no doubt the cat has millions in the bank.
Bundesen said that Grumpy Cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, is “unstoppable. What she’s achieved in such a short time is unimaginable and absolutely mind-blowing. I was able to quit my job as a waitress within days of her first appearance on social media, and the phone simply hasn’t stopped ringing since.”
The feline, born with dwarfism and an underbite, launched its career when Bundesen’s brother posted a photo online, prompting Ben Lashes, an “internet cat” agent, to represent the cat. 521,000 followers on Instagram and 255,000 on Twitter now follow the cat, which can be seen in ads for Grumppuccino coffee, Friskies cat food, and the front pages of the Wall Street Journal and New York magazine. The feline has also “written” two books, one of which is a New York Times bestseller.
There is movie stardom ahead: the cat will star in the Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, a film described as a mix of Home Alone and Die Hard.
Bundesen said she has a deal with the Lifetime channel, and any further information would be provided through that venue.